Robert O. Baumrucker, Lieutenant Commander, born July 30, 1909, River
Forest, IL; graduated Dartmouth College in 1931 with BA degree; and is an
intercollegiate skiing champion. He joined the USN April 1, 1942,
and entered active duty as a lieutenant(jg) on May 20, 1942.
Stationed in the USS Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia and office of
Public Information, IND.
Memorable experience was controlling the main battery
at Surigao surface action, October 1944, when they got a direct hit on the
leading Japanese battleship (first salvo, 12,000 yards). Also saw
action at Kiska, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Leyte Gulf, the second Battle of the
Philippines, Surigao Strait, Mindoro, Lingayen Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
LCDR Baumrucker was discharged Jan. 12, 1946, from the
USNR. He received the American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific, Philippine
Liberation with 2 stars, WWII Victory Ribbon and Presidential Citation.
Baumrucker wrote and published a 78 page souvenir book
covering the very active West Virginia crossing of the equator
initiations, a five page account of the action at Surigao as he saw it.
It was started in October 1944 and ready for distribution to the crew
shortly after V-J day. This was in addition to press releases,
searching a kamikaze's body and wreckage for intelligence information and
carrying on with his division duties including watches on the bridge of
Reprinted with permission - Turner Publishing